By Emma Sanders

Trent Alexander-Arnold is in line to make his first team debut against Tottenham in the EFL Cup but he was already tipped to be a star by Steven Gerrard a year ago.

The former Liverpool captain gave a resounding verdict on the 19-year-old in his book, ‘My Story’ which was published in 2015.

A whole paragraph was dedicated to Alexander-Arnold in which Gerrard hails the starlet as one for the future, heaping lots of praise on him.

Gerrard came across the youngster while studying for his UEFA coaching badges and was spending time with Liverpool’s Under-16s squad.

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“While I was coaching the under-16s a couple of boys really caught my eye,” Gerrard wrote in his autobiography.

“Trent Arnold has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional. He’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need.

“He has the right attitude and comes from West Derby, home to Melwood. He can play as a number six, a holding midfielder, but he’s versatile and I’ve seen him fill various positions.”

The teenager is expected to make his debut at right-back against Tottenham in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening, alongside academy teammate Ovie Ejaria, according to reports in the Express.

He was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Arsenal at the Emirates but is expected to start against Tottenham.

Alexander-Arnold has represented England at youth level and was recently called up to the under-19s squad to face Croatia and Bulgaria.

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